Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (294)

Welcome! To Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ Bring along your project(s) and enjoy being part of the generous sharing of tips, inspiration and knowledge that goes on in our Worldwide Quilting Community. If you click on any of the links below be sure to leave an encouraging comment to keep the sharing vibe moving through our Community πŸ™‚

Quilting completed, hand stitching the binding just underway.

I didn’t get quite as far with my quilt project as I’d hoped to but I have had a very enjoyable week. We are not planning to go anywhere but to my mind August always has a holiday feel to it; many regular weekly events are cancelled through this month which leaves opportunities for some spontaneity and relaxation. I’ve had more time with family and friends than usual. There’s been the Commonwealth Games coverage on tv to provide relaxation (although some of the events do produce tension!). One big ‘draw’ away from the sewing room has been the relentless watering of garden and allotment πŸ’¦ Evidently the UK is experiencing the driest year since 1976 and in our region there was less than 7% of the average July rainfall. We now have a hosepipe ban in place and are being urged to conserve water as river and reservoir levels continue to drop.

Keeping the courgette plants alive while the grass turns to stubble.
In our garden the turf laid last October is struggling in the drought πŸ™

Thankfully there’s no drought of inspiration in our Worldwide Quilting Community πŸ™‚ I hope you find plenty to spark your creativity in the links below:Β 

Christina Cameli is running a free QAL featuring a design using wedge shapes to create a sparkling effect across the quilt. Well worth clicking over to see the ‘Harmony and Light’ quilt even if you are not in a position to sign up to (another!) QAL πŸ™‚

My half-quilted Modern Fans quilt…

Hmm! Every time I look up from my sewing machine I am faced with a partially quilted quilt. And everytime I look at it I come up with and then just as quickly reject different quilting designs. Maybe I should join HollyAnne’s free Quilting Plan Challenge? Hmm?

A quick little scrap project and a lesson in machine quilt-as-you-go, what’s not to like? Click over to Damjana’s mug rug tutorial to see how it’s done.

Just like double decker buses – you wait and wait for one and then a whole line arrive at the same time! – here’s another quilt-as-you-go mug rug. Designed by Julie aka The Crafty Quilter her tutorial includes a choice of applique shapes to download for free.

Another project that’s ideal for using up scraps of fabric and other bits and pieces you may have tucked away in your sewing space is Sonia’s Flexi Sewing Case. It’s a clever design, a little, soft case that folds out flat to become an EPP work station. The Flexi Sewing Case pattern is on sale through August.

Leanne’s Points of Connection quilt pattern is simple in terms of the blocks she’s brought together but dynamic in the way she has cleverly laid out those repeating blocks.

Rachel’s improv piecing project couldn’t have come at a better time for me! Her positive attitude to exploring designs and ideas without knowing the outcome is a lesson to me as I wrestle with my first attempts at improv patchwork πŸ™‚

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday.

Happy Stitching!



Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (293)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your project(s) and join in with the sharing of projects, ideas, tips and information by other members of our Worldwide Quilting Community πŸ™‚

Whew! I’ve had quite a week preparing for the I-Spy Quilt Workshop. I received helpful and positive feedback from all four participants and we all enjoyed each other’s company as we created the blocks for our I-Spy quilts. I completed half of my quilt before the workshop to make sure I could demonstrate the whole process to the group. This morning I added the border strips so the top is complete.

Tomorrow I will take advantage of being at Purple Stitches for the day and purchase some backing and binding fabrics.

Today, between walking to Church and back in the morning, doing a spot of housework and watering the allotment I managed to piece a back for the Bargello quilt and cobble together some pieces of wadding. I feel really up beat about this project, it’s so satisfying to keep it moving towards a finish πŸ™‚

And finishing projects is my main sewing goal for August. Knowing me I will start something new 😏 but my main focus is to shift several of my ready-to-quilt and partially-quilted projects to a finish. Watch this space… In the meantime…

… Here’s a bumper crop of links into the inspirational world of patchwork quilting:

UFOs! A subject I and many other patchwork quilters return to often! Jayne has started a series all about UFO’s, kicking off with an applique project dating back to 1990!

Damjana at Apple Green Cottage has posted a selection of twenty free tote bag patterns. She’s provided a brief description, photo and link to each pattern.

Have you been inspired to hand stitch by all the photos of Kawandi projects being shared around the internet? Here is Patsy’s Kawandi featuring Alison Glass fabrics.

Kristy Lea of has just received all the bolts of her latest fabric range called ‘Imagine’. A host of saturated rainbow rainbow colours with complimentary neutrals. Take a look at her instagram post to see Imagine.

Rachel has finished her scrappy Log Cabin quilt. It looks great and the scrappy border is really inspired. And she’s going to use the pattern to host a QAL in January! Can’t wait πŸ™‚

I’ve been inspired by Linda of Flourishing Palms to join in the 30 Days of Improv Quilt Along. It’s not too late to join in with this QAL that runs through August with weekly email prompts and info.

The main techniques I taught during my I-Spy Workshop today were strip piecing and chain piecing. Topically Amy Smart recently shared a link to her comprehensive tutorial, ‘Strip Piecing Quilts 101‘.

The #summerscrapelimination challenge organised by Swan Amity is in full flow. I’m very taken with Sue Griffiths’ use of fabric scraps to create a leafy table runner.

Happy Stitching!



Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (292)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share πŸ™‚ Bring along your project(s) and enjoying delving into the projects, ideas, tips and tutorials being shared by other members of our Worldwide Quilting Community. Click on the links below to go visit quilty bloggers, be kind, leave encouraging comments to help build up our community πŸ™‚

I’ve been tidying up my room following the Bargello workshop and preparing for the I-Spy Quilt workshop next Saturday, 30th July. I did manage to get a quick ‘squirrel’ project started and finished in less than a day.

This little fabric basket is a gift for a friend who is very fond of the nature based artwork of Hannah Dale that is featured on the the fabric. I bought a long quarter of the Bramble Patch fabric with my friend in mind. I was going to make a little wall hanging but funnily enough, in a very recent conversation, my friend shared her plans to make some wall hangings for her loft-space craft room – maybe incorporating some of my novelty fabric scraps, if I didn’t mind? Well! Of course I don’t mind sharing my scraps! But the conversation did lead me to change my plan from making a wall hanging to making a Bits & Bobs basket for her craft table instead.

I made the basket by adapting the pattern shared in a post last year my tutorial. I made it smaller, starting with fabric pieces 9Β½” x 7″ which made a finished basket pretty much 4Β½” tall, wide, and deep. I’ve tied the remainder of the Hannah Dale fabric with a pretty ribbon and popped it in the basket, all ready to gift.

Whilst pottering in the sewing room I suddenly remembered the Rainbow Scrap Challenge! Oops! The colour for July is purple. I quickly sorted through my scrap bin and pressed some fabrics ready to cut. I hope I’ll be able to get to the monthly Scout Hut Sewing Day which happens to be this coming Thursday. The little Bullseye Courthouse Step blocks are an ideal project for a sewing day. I’ve made at least eight blocks in each of monthly RSC colours. Here’s a couple of each with my pull of purple fabrics.

Here are some links into the Worldwide Quilting Community. Enjoy!:

Cynthia shares how she’s used sashing to stretch her patriotic CIL blocks to make an extra quilt. Her colour choices work really well to make the most of the blocks.

In this video tutorial Carolina Moore shares three ways to square up blocks and two ways to fix blocks that come up too small. Very handy!

If you are in the mood to gawp at stunning quilts then look no further than Carole’s post all about her visit to the Annual Quilt and Wall Hanging Exhibition held in the very grand surroundings of the Great Hall of the Cultural Center in the State Capitol complex, Charleston, West Virginia. Just WOW!

Rachel explains how she’s using her scraps to make Log Cabin blocks. I like that she’s willing to make test blocks and learn lessons from what works and what doesn’t. See how her project blocks are progressing here.

Katie got up one morning to witness sunrise over the Arizona desert. She was well rewarded with stunning skies and cacti illuminated by the golden light of early morning. I wonder if all those colour and shape combinations will inspire a patchwork project?

It’s fascinating and humbling to follow the progress Gretchen is making as she hand quilts a whole cloth, Welsh Beauty, design. In this post she takes time away from the quilting frame to photograph some of the floral delights of the ‘Quilt Gardens, Along the Heritage Trail’. This trail was begun in 2008 as a way to attract visitors to an area hard hit by the industrial downturn.

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Friday. Alycia is sharing a quilt made of blue plaid fabrics. It’s a lovely finish. And she wants to know our favourite way to eat Zuchinni (here in the UK we go all French and call them ‘courgettes’)… The courgette plants we’ve been nurturing at our allotment are producing lots of fruits (are they fruit or veg?). I like to pick them when they are fairly small, 6″-8″ long, slice them and boil them for 3-4 minutes. I did make a courgette cake once – it was a disaster!

Linking with Michelle at Bolt to Beauty – I think my little basket counts as a ‘finish’ πŸ™‚ Michelle has used ombre strips to create a simple, stunning quilt.

Happy Stitching!



Workshops and a bit of trumpet blowing

I’m just getting back to running in-person patchwork workshops.

Most recently I taught a class of four the process of patchwork Bargello. I won’t lie, driving to the the workshop with a car load of equipment and samples, my stomach butterflies were all aflutter! Once I’d caught the enthusiastic vibes from the class participants I was able to settle and think beyond my flutterers. I mean, what’s not to enjoy about a day spent learning/teaching and sewing in like-minded company? πŸ™‚Β  I find so much satisfaction seeing individuals gaining confidence and skills through the day and knowing they’ll be able to carry those forward into future patchwork-quilting projects. And if I don’t know the answers to all the questions then participants are happy to share their knowledge and experience to help each other along!

I asked for feedback (I want to improve!) and here’s what I received in answer to questions about the content of my workshop:

Achieved my quilt front, and I’m very happy with how it looks. Instructions easy to understand. Presentation excellent. Good pace. Shattered and happy!

Very good instructions and printed pattern. The right amount of work for the 6 hour session.

Enjoyed it all. Excellent. All expectations and more achieved.


I’m so encouraged!

Now on to the next challenge. I’ll be teaching in the same venue on Saturday 30th July. This time I’m using my I-Spy Shadow Quilt pattern to teach quick piecing techniques. The aim is to complete the quilt top in a day. The class fee includes a pack of 42 novelty fabrics and a copy of the pattern with bonus instructions for making a smaller quilt. Contact me at for details and booking information.

Incidentally the novelty fabric packs are available to UK customers via my Etsy and Folksy shops and the I-Spy Shadow Quilt is available to purchase and download worldwide from πŸ™‚

Feedback left by purchasers of my patterns and fabric packs:

Great selection of different fun prints! Using for an I-Spy quilt and there’ll be plenty to spot πŸ™‚

This was my first EVER quilt, and I understood everything clearly. I don’t even know how to read a patter and just sew β€œcreatively.” I did learn that I need to be more careful when cutting my fabric because being off 1/8” can go wrong! Thanks for this wonderful pattern!

Great! Just what I wanted. Lots of different prints. Will definitely use again. Packaged well.

In the Autumn I’m returning to Purple Stitches to teach the Patchwork Beginners Course. Over three Saturday mornings (1st, 15th & 29th October) I’ll teach rotary cutting, patchwork piecing and quilting techniques to complete a lap size quilt. To find out more about the Course and to book go to

Feedback given by participants of the Patchwork Beginners Course:

The guides to cutting fabric, sewing accurately were brill.

Good demonstrations and plenty of time to practise…

I am impressed to have made a quilt in the time. Excellent instructions and presentation.

I really appreciated all the calm encouragement and quiet correction!

I’m also mulling over requests for skill-building workshops – 60ΒΊ triangles, foundation paper piecing, curved piecing…. Watch this space!

Well! That was all a bit awkward for an introvert like me BUT I really do enjoy teaching patchwork so I have to put myself ‘out there’ don’t I? Hope to meet you in-person some day soon πŸ™‚